Border issue: India, China may set date for talks during PM’s visit

Nayanima Basu New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on August 29, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping

India and China may finalise a date for the next round of dialogue between the Special Representatives of India and China on the boundary question during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China on September 3-5.

Modi, who is also visiting Myanmar, is expected to push for the Special Representatives’ dialogue during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, sources told BusinessLine.

According to sources, it has become imperative for the Special Representatives to meet and resume the stalled dialogue on the border issue, especially in the backdrop of the recent military stand-off in the Doklam region of Bhutan, near the tri-junction area of India-China-Bhutan border.

India and China decided to pull back their troops in the Doklam region after a 72-day stand-off. While India was able to stop China from building a road in the Doklam region, which would have compromised India’s strategic interests, China was able to get Indian troops to pull back, leading to a ‘win-win’ situation for both.

Modi will be accompanied by National Security Advisory (NSA) Ajit Doval during the trip. This will be Doval’s second visit during the Doklam row. He had visited Beijing last in July to attend the BRICS NSA Summit where he met his Chinese counterpart State Councillor Yang Jiechi.

The Special Representatives’ meeting on the India-China Boundary Question was formulated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. The last round of of the meeting took place in 2016 when both sides decided to expedite the boundary settlement talks.

There are as many as 30 dialogue mechanisms between India and China on the boundary issue, in which the Special Representatives’ dialogue is one.

Modi to visit Myanmar

This will be Modi’s first visit to Myanmar. He will be there from September 5-7 during which he will be holding meetings with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Htin Kyaw wherein India is expected to extend its support for the process of democratisation in Myanmar.

Apart from his engagements in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, Modi will visit Yangon and Bagan, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Published on August 29, 2017
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